Home Design Chat with Nancy

Home Design Chat with Nancy

Home Design Chat with Nancy Hugo, certified kitchen designer, covers all aspects of every room in the home. Kitchens, baths and whole-house remodeling, appliances, plumbing fixtures, flooring & countertop materials, and lighting are some of our topics. In addition, we cover aging-in-place, security systems, smart homes, backyard kitchens, window coverings, water treatment units & even wine pairing. Some of the favored topics are trends in kitchens, baths & interior designs, colors of the year & what we think of HGTV's suggestions for your home. View NancyHugo.com for design ideas. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/homedesignchat-with-nancy/support


December 2, 2022 29 min

Paint has always been one of the easiest and most impactful design tricks in the book but paint color trends come and go—and some have seriously overstayed their welcome. Sarah Jones, Design Representative with DunnEdwards, joins Nancy to chat about what's in for 2023 paint color trends, and what you should colors you should retire.

5 Outdated Paint Color Trends to Retire Fast

  • Skip All-White Paint Palettes
  • .No More Navy
  • Curb the ...
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    Recently I was asked to do a podcast by Dennis Oz of RTA Marketing.  It was interesting to be asked questions instead of the other way around.  If you are a listener of Home Design Chat with Nancy, you know that I interview my guests about their expertise in the Design field and ask questions that I feel would be advantageous to my audience.  This time I was the one answering all the questions.

    After listening to the podcast, I dec...

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    November 16, 2022 11 min

    The holiday season has begun so a great subject for today’s podcast is one of my favorite traditions . . . baking.  Listen as I share my experiences. You can get my recipes by requesting them through my email – Nancy@nancyhugo.com.

  • Our Traditions
  • Cookie Command
  • Gluten-free or not
  • Tips for Holiday baking
  • This podcast sponsored by

    Monogram Appliances

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    email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com

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    When people think of the holidays, they think of string lights, glowing angels and motion-sensor reindeer. What about interior lighting? Your holiday decor shouldn't be limited to garland and a few cranberries.

    Jem Funk, Interior and lighting designer, will share ideas on bringing holiday magic to your home.

    We will chat about:

  • Creating cozy spaces
  • More table lamps
  • What are dimmers all about
  • Fairy lights everywhere
  • Scented candles ...
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    Do you know what product gets the most use in your home?  You walk on it everyday, from the front door to the kitchen to the bathrooms.  Your flooring must be attractive, go with any decor, maintenance free and affordable.  From remodeling to flipping to new construction, vinyl plank flooring is popping up in every project.

    Gil Olachea, owner of Ceramica, a wholesale tile showroom in Scottsdale, is Nancy's guest.  Gil will enli...

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    No matter the time of year, a fireplace is the perfect cozy companion to any home.  It’s become the focal point of the room typically having the flat screen TV Set above the fireplace.  Mike Ray with Arizona Fireplace is our expert guest today.  Mike will chat with Nancy about all the different options of fireplaces for your home.

    The topics we will cover on this podcast.


     Heat Management

     Clearances fo...

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    Nancy welcomes back Deron Rensen, Senior Area Sales Manager for Monogram, to update us on what is new in the world of Monogram appliances.

    Monogram's Designer Collection is being introduced at the National Kitchen and Bath Show at the end of January in Las Vegas.  Deron is offering a sneak-peak with this link:  http://www.monogram.com/designer-collection/

  • Brass Collection - The Brass Collection presents a bold elegant aesthetic...
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    October 12, 2022 32 min

    Tiny houses aren’t only capturing people’s attention—they’re turning into a full-on movement. People from all walks of life are choosing to downsize their lives by living with less and in less space.

    That's our subject today.  Nancy welcomes back Chris Diamond who has been interested in tiny homes as an alternative to traditional living someday.

    We home we answered questioned you might have about living in this doll houses:


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    October 5, 2022 33 min

    This is the final part of a 4 part series about what Do-It-Yourselfers should know before they remodel their kitchen.  Or, in the case of homeowners working with a contractor,  what every homeowner should know about their project.

    To recap:

    July 6th– basics on designing a kitchen – appliances, corner designs, sinks, traffic control & cabinets

    August 3rd– islands size, function, lighting & materials

    Sept 7th– everything abou...

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    September 28, 2022 32 min

    Enjoy the Best of while Nancy is talking some time off for eye surgery.  She will be back next week.

    Plants are an important element of good interior design, but did you know that plants can improve air quality?  Joe Zazzera, founder and co-owner of Plant Solutions, is Nancy’s guest.  Joe is the perfect person to explain everything about interior and exterior living walls. What are living walls, how to care for them and best plants...

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    September 21, 2022 22 min

    Are you planning to remodel your kitchen?  This is one of the most important and largest investment for your home, so I am sure you want everything to go perfectly.  I will explain how to get started and the steps to take to make it your dream come true.

    Great rooms are here to stay, so if you have an existing floorplan that is conducive to removing walls, go for it.  The open floorplan includes an eating and sitting area  encourag...

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    S05E356 - Paint has always been one of the easiest and most impactful design tricks in the book but paint color trends come and go—and some have seriously overstayed their welcome. Sarah Jones, Design Representative with DunnEdwards, joins Nancy to chat about what's in for 2023 paint color trends, and what you should colors you should retire.

    5 Outdated Paint Color Trends to Retire Fast

  • Skip All-White Paint Palettes
  • .No More Nav...
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    S05E35 - It’s important to know everything about basic kitchen design before you start your project, so we are going to cover basic elements in a series of podcasts. Today we are presenting part 3 of our series for homeowners who would like to remodel their kitchen with a contractor and the do-it-yourselfers who want to tackle this job on their own.

    My co-host for this series is Jason F. Miller, winner of the 2021 SKS & Archite...

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    August 31, 2022 31 min

    S5E34 - We are predicting what the cabinets trends will be in 2023 so you will definitely want to listen to this podcast.  Karen Hockley, today's guest, has been in the business of cabinets for over 35 years, so she is the perfect person to chat with Nancy about this subject.

    Talking points for today's show:

  • Are natural woods back?
  • What is color block?
  • Painted cabinets colors
  • Cabinet door styles
  • Cabinet construction
  • Open Shelvin...
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    S5E32 - Working in a kitchen with poor lighting can be frustrating and unwelcoming.  Jem Funk, Interior Designer, chats with Nancy about the right lighting for kitchen islands.  There are so many pendants and chandeliers available so making choices can be very overwhelming and confusing, but listening to this podcast will help you chose the right fixture.

    We will talk about:

  • Size and Shape
  • Number of fixtures over an island
  • Styles tha...
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    August 17, 2022 41 min

    Enjoy this "Best of" podcast originally recorded in December, 2021.  We had any comments regarding the information Paul McAlary brought to light during our conversation.

    One of the greatest challenges for a kitchen designer is to create a design that the customer appreciates aesthetically and simultaneously provides them with a functionally well designed kitchen.  It’s equally difficult to just not make any mistakes.  And s...

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    S05E31 Remodeling kitchens are expensive, but you can do some things that are budget friendly and affordable and will make your kitchen look updated. Nancy will share 10 ideas that you can use in your kitchen to put zing in your kitchen without a major renovation.

  • Change hardware on cabinetry
  • Add or change light fixtures
  • Use rugs in workspaces
  • Replace bar stools
  • Replace faucet
  • Paint cabinets
  • Add open shelves
  • Add island
  • Change or add backsp...
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     S05E30 - Welcome to Part 2 of 4 - a series about basic kitchen design.  My co-host for this series is Jason F. Miller, winner of the 2021 SKS & Architectural Digest Technicurean Kitchen Design Contest.  Jason’s winning design was selected and published in Architectural Digest. In addition, his work has been published in lifestyle magazines throughout Arizona and his signature style is seen and spotlighted on many social media ...

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     S05E29 Did you ever buy something that you needed, but you know you already have one and can't find it?  This happens when clutter and unorganized storage takes over your life.

    Today Nancy is going to walk you through the process to turn your cluttered kitchen into an efficient and You can turn your cluttered, messy kitchen into an efficient and organized place that makes you happy to work in.

  • Where to you start
  • What to get rid...
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    Jan Rutgers, owner of Vestibule School of Design and regular guest of Home Design Chat,  joined Nancy today to agree or disagree with the 2022 trends that nameless designers said would be huge this year.

    The following topics were discussed:

  • Colorful cabinetry.
  • Resourcefulness.
  • Black accents and appliances.
  • Multiple islands.
  • Patterned floors.
  • Disappearing upper cabinets.
  • Kitchens that don't really look like kitchens.
  • This podcast spon...

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